Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 28, No Perfect People Allowed, "Becoming a Peacemaker" Day 2

[1Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV] 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

This is one of those bad news to good news passages in Scripture that remind us of our former depravity and our current position in Christ with the hope of future perfection if we have entered the Kingdom through faith in the Savior.

Let's break down the last part a little bit:
-We were washed. This is our cleansing and becoming pure through work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. He washed away our sins (Acts 22:16, Hebrews 10:19-23).
-We were sanctified. This is the plan of God to set you apart for His good will and purpose. He picked you out of the place of doom and made you alive in Him. Plus, He puts His Spirit in you to help you grow and become more and more like Him (Ephesians 2:1-10).
-We were justified. This is a legal term used to describe our release from the conviction of our sin before God, the holy and righteous Judge of all the earth. Jesus is like our lawyer who got us off the hook. We don't have to pay the penalty we deserve because of His grace and mercy! Praise God!

*Life Point* By God's grace I'm not just a forgiven sinner, I'm a saint set free!

Bible Study Notes in Lamentations- Chapter 2

Lamentations 2


-This chapter may be entitled “God’s grief and anger over sin.” The LORD has covered the daughter of Zion with His cloud of anger and has cast down the glory of Israel. He is not sparing of the inhabitants in His indignation. He is cutting them off in justified wrath and fire. He has become like an adversary to His people and swallowed her up with destruction. The strongholds are torn down, and all that is left is mourning and moaning. Violence has overthrown even in the appointed meeting place of His Temple, and now the appointed feasts and Sabbath has been caused to be forgotten. The LORD has rejected His altar and abandoned His sanctuary. He has not restrained His punishment for disobedience this time. Wall and rampart are destroyed. Her gates have sunk into the ground, and the bars of security are totally broken. Israel’s “kings and princes are among the nations; the law is no more. Her prophets find no vision from the LORD (Lamentations 2:1-9).” The elders sit silently on the ground with dust on their heads girded with sackcloth. The virgins of Jerusalem have bowed their heads in humility to the ground. There is no hope in this distress (Lamentations 2:10).

-Jeremiah’s eyes fail from the plentiful tears; he is grieving. His spirit is greatly traumatized. His heart is broken and “poured out on the earth.” He sees the utter destruction of his people and the want of the faint little ones left in the land without food and drink. He compares Judah’s ruin to the vastness of the sea with no chance of healing. He remembers the false visions, prophecy, and oracles that lead to the rejection of the LORD’s Word, which could have thwarted their captivity and ruin. Now they must suffer the derision of their opponents who mock and ridicule with disdain and selfish pleasure. Jeremiah’s summation is this, “The LORD has done what He purposed; He has accomplished His Word which He commanded from days of old. He has thrown down without sparing, and He has caused the enemy to rejoice over you; He has exalted the might of your adversaries (Lamentations 2:11-17).”

-Though the cries now go out after the fact, their tears will flow day and night with no relief and no rest. They can beg in the presence of the LORD, but His annihilation was predicted and came to pass because they paid no attention to their Sovereign (Lamentations 2:18-22). *Application* God’s heart breaks with His judgment. He did not want this, but He was left with no choice. He could be shamed by their adultery with foreign gods no more. They did not heed the warning, but continued to go their own way until all was lost. Don’t let this happen to you, your family, your community, your region, or your nation. In fact, go ahead and change the world if you can with the warning message of Christ. His gospel is salvation for the repentant, but judgment for the ones who won’t believe. Turn before it’s too late. This will make God smile because that’s His desire.


Verses to Memorize: Lamentations 2:11, 17

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 28, No Perfect People Allowed, "Becoming a Peacemaker" Day 1

[Mat 5:9 ESV] 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

*Important Question* Does the reality of hell motivate you to share your faith with others who have no relationship with Jesus Christ?

Peacemakers are only needed when there is a war going on. The battle is not between God and Satan, as some people think. God is far superior and has that enemy totally under His command. The real problem is us and our fallen nature. We have rebelled, we have gone against God and succumbed to the lies of the devil, we have gone our own way rather than the way of the Lord. We have all transgressed (Romans 3:23).

Ultimate peace and reconciliation with the Father has been uniquely paid for in the cross of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:19-22). When we accept His greatest gift of love and sacrifice personally, we gain a unified, redeemed, and new life in our risen Savior. This spiritual birth lasts eternally with our Creator, and is definitely worth sharing. In the days to come we will learn how to do that better and better as His Holy Spirit leads and directs us.

*Life Point* Lord help me and use me to make peace in this fallen world as a child of You.

Bible Study Notes in Lamentations- Chapter 1

Lamentations 1


-The book of Jeremiah had predicted the destruction of Jerusalem. Lamentations is now the second book by Jeremiah the prophet which looks back in grief over the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah under the Babylonian captivity occurring soon after 586 B.C. Jerusalem had been ransacked, her people taken, tortured, or killed. It was a gruesome scene of devastation and mourning. We sense the grief of God poured out into his prophet Jeremiah through these words. We see the backside, the aftereffects, of God’s judgment upon a rebellious society. And, to be honest, it is not pretty. We hear the groans, we experience the crying as it pulls on our emotional heartstrings. Therefore the purpose of the book was to show people that to disobey God is to invite disaster. But, also it is written to express that God suffers when His people suffer as we will see. Out of the ashes, the prophet will give a glimmer of God-given hope as the LORD’s compassion never fails ultimately. His faithfulness is greater than our demise, and He alone will prevent total annihilation through His power to save. The megathemes of the work include the importance of desperate prayer, confession of sin, destruction as a result of disobedience, God’s enduring mercy, and the final hope.

-Chapter one should be entitled “Jeremiah mourns for Jerusalem.” The sorrow for Zion is palpable as the lonely city sits without its inhabitants. The once great city among the nations has become like a hollow widow and slave. She weeps bitterly in the night with tears on her cheeks with none to comfort her. All her friends have denied her and dealt treacherously with her as enemies. Judah experiences exile under affliction with harsh servitude her plight. She dwells among the nations now finding no rest in her land. All her pursuers have overtaken her, and she is distressed completely. Her roads are in mourning because no one is joyously going up them to the appointed feasts of Moses’ Law. Her gates are desolate. Her priests are groaning in agony. Her virgins are afflicted. God’s city is bitter. Her adversaries have now become her masters with prosperity and riches, for the LORD has caused her to grieve due to her transgressions. All her majesty has departed, and she has no strength left (Lamentations 1:1-6).

-In these days of affliction and homelessness, she remembers all her precious things that were from the days of old. Now she is mocked by her adversary in her ruin. “Jerusalem sinned greatly” is the sad commentary by the true prophet of God. She became unclean and lost her honor as God’s people. The enemy therefore saw her nakedness, and even she herself must now groan and turn away. “She did not consider her future, therefore she has fallen astonishingly (Lamentations 1:7-9a).” The cry goes out to the LORD to see their affliction, but it is too late. The enemy has magnified himself by entering into her sanctuary and entering His congregation in an unholy fashion. The people of Jerusalem are now groaning as they seek for bread and sustenance. Their precious things they give away just to eat. The LORD has dealt out His vengeance in anger causing pain and suffering untold. The prophet Jeremiah pines, “From on high He sent fire (judgment through prophetic word) into my bones, and it prevailed over them.” Now the land is left desolate and faint all day long. There is a yoke of transgression binding the people and making their strength fail. They are not able to stand to defend. The LORD has rejected their strong men and crushed them, even the virgin daughter of Judah (Lamentations 1:9b-15).

-For these horrific things the prophet weeps and far away is his comforter, the One who restores his soul. The enemy has prevailed as predicted. The summary for Israel is this, “The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against His command; hear now, all peoples, and behold my pain; my virgins and my young men have gone into captivity (Lamentations 1:16-18).” The foreign lovers deceived in their idolatry. The elders and priests who went along with their folly have now perished in the city while they sought out food to strengthen themselves. “In the street the sword slays; in the house it is like death.” The ravages of being taken over are reiterated with a plea for the day of the LORD to come for vindication upon the enemies who have done this to Jerusalem. As for this time though, all is desperate as they pay for their transgressions. Their groans are many, and their heart is faint (Lamentations 1:19-22). *Application* This is a stark reminder of the society once prosperous because of the blessing of God forgetting their way to the point of annihilation and depravity. We should remember all God has done for us and be thankful, being ever vigilant against compromise with the deceit of idolatry and transgression against the King (Psalm 77:11). God is holy and will not share His glory with an obstinate bunch. His discipline can be severe as we see here, so stay humble and obedient to His righteous ways. It is for our good. He does not desire to show His heavy Hand, but will to straighten out the wayward (Psalm 5:4).


Verse to Memorize: Lamentations 1:18

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 66

Isaiah 66


-The final chapter in this amazing book first reflects on the fact that Heaven is the LORD’s throne and the earth is His footstool. We could never build something for Him as far as a house or resting place. In other words, He doesn’t need us, we need Him. His Hand is the maker of all these things, but He will look to the one who is humble and contrite of spirit, and trembles at His Word (Isaiah 66:1-2). The theme of the chapter revolves around the reward of the faithful righteous and the judgment of the ones who want to go their own ways delighting in abominations. The joy of Jerusalem’s future glory is expounded and given the analogy of a mother who takes intimate care of her children giving peace and comfort. “The Hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants” and their bones will flourish like new grass, but God will be indignant toward His enemies (Isaiah 66:14). His day, meaning His judgment day, is coming in fire like the whirlwind with His rebuke and slaying of all evil. The wicked will perish and come to an end all together. Then all the nations will come and see the glory of the LORD and there will be an enduring new heavens and earth where His majesty will reign forever and ever with the righteous. *Application* Choose you this day whom you will serve. Will you go His way or you own? God wants to reward those who choose Him. Refuse His call, and He will bring upon you what you dread the most (Isaiah 66:4). The choice of submitting to Him should be simple, a no brainer, but it does take faith. Will you believe? Please do, I want to spend eternity with you my friend in the presence of our Savior. His Word endures forever (1 Peter 1:25).


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 66:2

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 21, Day 4 - No Perfect People Allowed "Come and Change"

[Matthew 5:5-8 ESV]  5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Growth is the main emphasis of this section of Scripture. Four ways to increase spiritually we see here include:

1. Service- Incredible blessing comes into our lives when we sacrificially help others out of a pure heart.
2. Personal Responsibility- The meek seek, look for God on your own without having to be guided by other people, let the Holy Spirit lead you and read His Word, step up and grow, leave the milk at some point (1 Corinthians 3:1-3, Hebrews 5:11-14), and stop letting your church experience only consist of regurgitated stuff from the pastor or preacher.
3. Community- This is where we learn mercy as we connect together in greater Kingdom efforts and experiences.
4. Generosity- Giving is the indicator of a genuinely pure heart (Matthew 6:21, Luke 12:34)

*Life Point* Lord make me more like You in every way for Your Kingdom blessings in my life

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 65

Isaiah 65


-God permits Himself to be sought and found by those who did not ask for Him or really seek Him, to a nation that did not previously call on His Name. He has said to them, “Here am I, here am I (Isaiah 65:1).” God then speaks of His long suffering in the face of Hebrew rebellion, with those who walked in a crooked way to His commands and followed their own thoughts. Those also who continually provoked the LORD to His face and worshipped idols unceasingly. They sat among the graves in pagan ritual and spent the night in immoral secret places. They ate swine’s flesh and the broth of unclean meat in their pots. They denied the Sovereign King and did not want Him to come near them claiming to be holier than others. These are what God calls smoke in the nostrils of the Almighty, “a fire that burns all the day (Isaiah 65:2-5).” God declares He will repay for these unholy atrocities. He promises not to keep silent. Both the sons and their fathers for generations will pay the price of rebellion against their Creator. Their idolatry and scorn will weigh heavy upon them (Isaiah 65:6-7). *Application* Those who think they are getting away with living for themselves are in for a rude awakening. God sees all and has the last word on every matter, physical and spiritual.

-However, the LORD says He will act on behalf of His servants in order not to destroy the remnant of promise. He will bring forth righteous offspring from Jacob and an heir of His mountains from Judah. His chosen ones will inhabit this good land and dwell there. This is the people who seek Him. On the other hand, those who forsake the LORD, forget His holy mountain, set a table for Fortune (false prophecy), and fill cups with mixed wine for Destiny (a god of fate who the Jews worshipped in Babylonia) will be destined for the sword and bow down to the slaughter. God called them, but they did not answer; He spoke, but they did not hear. They did evil in His sight and chose that in which God did NOT delight (Isaiah 65:8-12).

-The contrast is given as to the haves of God and the have nots who rejected God. His servants will be characterized as well feed, having drink, rejoicing, and shouting joyfully. The wicked will be hungry, thirsty, shamed, crying out with a heavy heart, wailing, and having a broken spirit. The wicked’s name will be left for a curse by His chosen ones. The LORD Himself will slay the wayward who go their own way. His servants will be called with another name than this. The God of truth blesses His people of faith. Their former troubles will be forgotten and their sins will be hidden from His sight (Isaiah 65:13-16).

-Words on the new heavens and new earth dominate the remainder of the chapter as this book begins to wrap up. The former curses and sins of this current world will be remembered no more or even come to mind. His new creation will cause gladness and rejoicing forever. This New Jerusalem will be incredible! The voice of weeping and sound of crying will be heard no more. The next verses appear to go back into the millennial reign of Christ to a degree as longevity, but natural causes still exist. The land will be repopulated in this era and agricultural prosperity is abundant. Their labor will not be in vain, “for they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD.” Their descendants also will be with them in the reign and joy. In this time God will answer before they even call. He will hear will they are still speaking. “The wolf and lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,“ declares the LORD (Isaiah 65:17-25).


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 65:17

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 21, Day 3 - No Perfect People Allowed "Come and Change"

[Matthew 5:4 ESV] 4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

What are some of the things you find yourself mourning over? Are they righteous things or selfish interests? When the Holy Spirit convicts you of the sin that is present in your soul, do you resist Him or confess and repent? This is the essence of mourning. God comforts our pain because He can in His resurrection power and vitality.

Further, do you find yourself ever mourning over those around you who are lost and without hope in the Savior Jesus Christ? People are going to hell all around us. It's time we realized our opportunities beginning with  a broken heart for the ones who need Him the most in our close proximity. Hurt with the heart of compassion, and then go help meet needs. It's the Lord's way.

*Life Point* Comfort is right around the corner for the broken hearted.

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 64

Isaiah 64
-The presence (paniym-face) of God is a key reiteration thematically here at the beginning of this chapter. Verses one, two, and three all end in God’s presence sought out with mountains and nations quaking and trembling. The plea is for the LORD to come down from out of heaven to visit on behalf of His people to make His Name known to His adversaries. He is the God unexpected awesome deeds of the past, present, and future. He acts in behalf of the one (or ones) who wait for Him. He meets with the person who rejoices in doing right and remembers to follow the ways of God (Isaiah 64:4-5a). *Application* How much do we desire to abide in the presence (face, union) of God our Father. This takes time and often complete solitude due to the many distractions of our world. Practice His presence, the reward is gratifying! Soak in His Spirit.

-God’s anger reenters as a theme as the chapter progresses. His irritation is justified because of the sins of His people for a continued-long time. There is a question as to even the possibility of being saved at this point because of the uncleanness and filth and withering of all who have taken them away from the presence of the LORD. “There is no one who calls on Your Name, who arouses himself to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face (presence) from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities (Isaiah 64:5b-7).” *Application* How many of us know that our rebellion, iniquities, sins, and transgressions have power? This is intriguing to think about. This power is antithetical to the will of God and comes against our very Maker by our own pride and self-determination. This power will never usurp God’s authority, but it is strong in working the will of the enemy, and we should never take this lightly. God certainly never takes it lightly, which is why He can rightfully get very angry with us over the issue of sin.

-For the reason listed in the previous paragraph, Isaiah takes time to echo the fact that He is Potter and we are simply the clay. God is our Sovereign. We are the work of His hand. The supplication by the prophet begs for mercy on behalf of the Jewish people, which have been decimated by His judgments. The request is for restraint by the LORD and for Him to show up again in power to redeem before they are destroyed (Isaiah 64:8-12). This stanza highlights the need for obedience and surrender to the King of kings. *Application* How blessed is the person who walks in the way of the LORD, who follows His lead, and does not rebel against His will and plan (Psalm 18:30). Let God mold you into His image (Romans 8:29).


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 64:4, 8

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 21, Day 2 - No Perfect People Allowed "Come and Change"

[Matthew 5:3 ESV] 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

This verse is all about grace. We know that Jesus gives it to those who realize and recognize that they need His free gift of grace by faith alone. Thank God that He doesn't write us off in His divine plan, but gives us His compassion when we seek it with a humble heart that knows it is poor in and of itself by its own means. In other words, the Kingdom of God is reserved for those who know that they can't make it on their own. The poor in spirit is a sign that they are relying on the sole righteousness of Christ to get them in.

God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5, Proverbs 3:34). I don't know about you, but I for one certainly don't want the Lord opposed to me. Join the Kingdom of Heaven by becoming poor in spirit!

*Life Point* Blessed are the poor in spirit, this is the way to God's amazing grace

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 63

Isaiah 63


-There is a question as to who this one coming from Edom is. This appears to be some sort of watchman on the wall of Jerusalem. The glowing colors of red apparel portray the lifeblood that the One coming has taken in His righteous vengeance. He is majestic in appearance as He comes with victory over the enemy as the One “mighty to save.” He has trampled the enemy in His anger and wrath, which has stained His raiment “for the day of vengeance,” He says, “was in My heart, and My year of redemption has come (Isaiah 63:1-4).” No one was there to help or uphold Him, but His own Arm was able to bring salvation to Himself as He trod down the peoples in His wrath and anger. These enemies of the LORD were made drunk on His wrath, and He poured out their lifeblood on the earth (Isaiah 63:5-6). *Application* This is the ultimate recompense of the LORD against all those that oppose Him. Make sure that you get on His good side by faith in His grace and mercy shown to us by Jesus Christ, the Savior.

-From verses 7 through 14 God’s ancient mercies are recounted into the present circumstance in which Isaiah was writing. The prophet does well to make mention of the LORD’s lovingkindnesses at this point, least we get the notion that He is cruel and a tyrant. God had granted to Israel all His love, devotion, and goodness over many centuries and millennia. His abundance of lovingkindnesses demonstrated that surely these were His covenant people. “He became their Savior. In all their affliction, He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old (Isaiah 63:8-9).” However, the God of the universe turned on them as they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit. He fought against them until they would remember the days of old, of Moses, when He delivered them from their oppression and slavery by great and mighty miracles and wonders. “The Spirit of the LORD gave them rest” in these days of old as He led them and made for Himself a glorious Name (Isaiah 63:14). *Application* God’s favor is shown is His patient persistence with His people. He gets the glory for His lovingkindnesses and mercy, even when His people screw up. While His wrath lasts for a night, His overcoming joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).

-The remaining five verses of the chapter articulate the fact that the LORD is Israel’s Father in every sense. As He looks down from heaven and sees His holy and glorious habitation, the questions are asked as to why His zeal and mighty deeds, the stirring of His heart, and His compassion have been restrained. The Redeemer, which is His Name, is somehow accused of causing the straying of the people from His ways and hardening the hearts of people from fearing Him. The plea is sent out to return His ultimate favor for the sake of His servants, the tribes of His heritage. Their adversaries had at that time trodden down the LORD’s sanctuary, whereas the holy people had possessed it for a little while before. At the time of the prophetic writing the nation of Israel had become like those God had never ruled and like those who had never been called by His Name. *Application* What a blessing it is to recall a former glory and repair the breaches in a current bad situation. God reminds here that what is broke can be fixed as long as we are children of the King. He is our Father and our Redeemer!



Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 63:10

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 21, Day 1 - No Perfect People Allowed "Come and Change"

[Revelation 3:14-22 ESV] 14 "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. 15 "'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

As we can perceive here from the passage, God hates laziness, apathy, complacency, and otherwise not really caring enough about things to make them right. He would rather have people totally against Him than have those sitting on the fence not doing much about anything. Where is your passion and fire today? Is it for the Lord or other things? Comfortable Christianity is a most dangerous thing. If we are not careful, we will do things in a way that literally makes God want to puke us out.

Do you have needs? Or, do you think you've got it all figured out without too much help from the Almighty? Do we need refining? How much do you think that will hurt when it happens? Let God have His way in your heart and life. Open up the door of His loving correction and get intimate with Him. Accept His reproof and discipline, be zealous and repent. This is the sign of a conquering Christian who sits with God on His throne.

*Life Point* God really cannot stand complacent Christianity.

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 62

Isaiah 62


-For Zion and Jerusalem’s sake, the LORD will not keep silent nor quiet until her righteousness goes forth (Messianic prophecy). The nations will be able to see His righteousness as a bright torch that is burning the evil away from this wicked world, which had been controlled by the enemy. Kings will see His glory and be called by a new name (righteous, saved). Only the LORD can designate this kind of new name upon individuals and cultures. This is beautiful in the sight of God. No longer will there be the name “forsaken” or “desolate,” when the Messiah creates His Kingdom in the heart and soul of His redeemed in the land. The new name will be called, “My delight is her” and “married” for the LORD delights in His bride rejoicing over her with celebration (Isaiah 62:1-5).

-Jerusalem has been appointed watchmen to remind the LORD of His covenant promise and obligation to establish His righteousness, which will make Jerusalem a praise in the earth (again this is Messianic prophecy that would come true). Victory over the enemy is predicted, which should be interpreted as having spiritual as well as physical implications in the here and now as well as the eschaton. Those who garner His righteousness will eat in the Kingdom of God and praise the LORD. They will drink of it in the courts of His sanctuary. This highway to the Kingdom will be built up as more and more people of the earth go through the gates of His salvation. “His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him (this is for those who deny Him, the Messiah). And they will call them, ‘The holy people, the redeemed of the LORD’ and you will be called, ‘Sought out, a city not forsaken (Isaiah 62:6-12).’” *Application* Jerusalem, otherwise known as Zion, is the place where Christ suffered and died, was buried, and rose from the grave to give the world an opportunity to trust in Him for eternal salvation and entrance into the Kingdom of God. This is the thrust of this prophetic chapter of comfort, and a plea for us to accept the blessed message of our Redeemer.


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 62:12

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 61

Isaiah 61


-When Jesus came to His hometown of Nazareth by the Spirit, He stood up to read in the Synagogue this very passage out of Isaiah the prophet (Luke 4:14-21). He was the fulfillment of this prophecy. He was the anointed One. God’s Spirit was upon Him. He brought the good news to the afflicted. He bound up the brokenhearted. He proclaimed liberty to those in captivity and freedom to the prisoners. The favorable year of the LORD was given to Him, and one day He will recompense the vengeance of the Almighty. He comforts those who mourn, and He gives a garland, which is alive, rather than dead ashes. His Spirit is the oil of gladness rather than mourning. His mantle is of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. His people are the oaks of righteousness and the planting of the LORD for the purpose of His glorification (Isaiah 61:1-3).

-Israel will be rebuilt. The ancient ruins will resurrect from the former devastations. Strangers and foreigners will aid in the work and building. And, God’s people will be called “the priests of the LORD” and “ministers of our God.” God’s chosen will eat the wealth of nations and boast in their riches. Instead of awful shame and humiliation, they will receive a double portion of the blessings of God with shouts of everlasting joy (Isaiah 61:4-7).

-The LORD loves justice and hates robbery in the burnt offering. He is faithful to repay the evil that is done under the sun by His scales of authority. His covenant is everlasting and will be upheld by Him. He will always bless the offspring of Abraham (Genesis 12).

-Isaiah reveals in the majesty of his LORD in the final two verses of the chapter. He will rejoice greatly in the LORD and exalt his God. For the LORD has clothed him with garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness. “As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with jewels” is the LORD’s favor and union. He causes righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations (Isaiah 61:10-11). *Application* What incredible Words from the LORD and His Savior Jesus Christ. Again we see that we are clothed by His righteousness alone, and our total care is dependent upon Him. He is the Living Redeemer who is precious in our sight. Take hold of the best opportunity ever! Be set free!


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 61:1-4

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 14, Day 4- No Perfect People Allowed, "On the Outside Looking In"

[Mar 10:52 ESV] 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

Over and over again in Scripture we see the power of faith to move the Lord to action. Does Jesus observe much faith when He looks at you with all of His perfect wisdom and knowledge? He knows the real you and your level of trust. Kind of scary, right??? Overcome your doubts and believe to receive His miracles and power.

Also, don't think the short term solution is the answer, follow Jesus along the way of your life for the long haul. Notice that Bartimaeus did not go his own way like Jesus allowed him to do. Instead, even after receiving his sight, he desired to follow the Christ on His way. This is a great example for us to observe and obey.

*Life Point* Don't just be satisfied with answered prayers as you go your way, follow whole-heartedly in faith the One who is the provider of every good and perfect gift and go His way (James 1:17)

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 60

Isaiah 60


-Isaiah 60 speaks of the future-glorified Kingdom of God in Zion. At that time their Light will come, arising and shining on His people and all of faith in Him. Nations will come to the Light; He will be the brightness. “Lift up your eyes round about and see; they all gather together, they come to you [Zion] (Isaiah 60:1-4).” They will come from afar to the land. The people will see and be radiant. Their hearts will be thrilled and rejoice in the abundance as the wealth of the nations comes (Isaiah 60:5-9). God’s wrath is swallowed up in His blessing and compassion as foreigners build the walls and the gates are opened continually to bring in the wealth of the world. The nation that does not serve the LORD will perish in utter ruin. God’s sovereignty dominates this future glory. The forsaken and hated will become an everlasting pride and joy from generation to generation as people “know” that the LORD is Savior, Redeemer, and Mighty. Instead of cheap materials, expensive and valuable works will be made in every dimension. Peace will be their administrators and righteousness the overseers. Violence will no longer be heard of in the land, nor the devastation or destruction within the borders. Zion’s walls will be called salvation and the gates praise. The LORD will be its only Light, no sun or moon. God is Zion’s new and everlasting glory in this eschaton. All the people will be righteous and take the heavenly land for an everlasting possession. They will be called “the branch of My planting, the work of My Hands, that I may be glorified.” God is personally hastening this time to come (Isaiah 60:10-22). This event is parallel by the writing of John in his apocalyptic revelation at the end of Scripture (Revelation 21:10-22:7).


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 60:1

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 14, Day 3- No Perfect People Allowed, "On the Outside Looking In"

[Mar 10:49-52 ESV] 49 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart. Get up; he is calling you." 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Rabbi, let me recover my sight." 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

The point here is that Jesus always hears your pleas and turns the tide. Notice that now the once rebuking crowd turns to support the blind, poor, beggar. Notice that the Christ cares, He knows, and He sees the distressful situation and wants to help. He calls him for a miracle, and Bartimaeus responds with reckless abandon.

God wants YOU too to seek Him out so that He can change your world for the better. Quit making excuses. Throw off your cloak, whatever it may be (common ones include pride, anger, denial, bitterness, etc.), and chase hard after the Savior. He wants to turn the tide!

*Life Point* God knows who I am and wants to change my destiny

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 59

Isaiah 59


-While the LORD certainly supports the fact that He is able to defend and save His people, the point is verified that His people’s iniquities have made a temporary separation between the two parties resulting in God hiding His face from them so that He does not hear. The blood on their hands is because of iniquity, falsehood (lies, deceit), wickedness, violence, devastation, destruction, injustice, and evil as listed (Isaiah 59:1-8). This maelstrom of defiance is why there is no justice, righteousness, light, brightness, and clear paths for salvation in the land. Sins, transgressions, iniquities, and denying the LORD testify against the people of God and they are aware of it. They have turned away from their God by “speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words (Isaiah 59:9-13).” But when all seemed lost, God broke in and declared His righteousness would come as an Intercessor to bring salvation through the Anointed Messiah (Isaiah 59:16). This One will put on the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the garments of just vengeance, and wrap Himself with zeal (ardour-feelings of great love and intensity, jealous passion) as a mantle (Ephesians 6:11-17, 1 Thessalonians 5:5-9). He will destroy the enemies of God in His wrath and recompense so they will fear the Name of the LORD from the coastlands in the west. His glory from the rising sun “will come like a rushing stream and like the wind which the LORD drives. ‘A Redeemer will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,’ declares the LORD (Isaiah 59:17-20).” God then reestablishes His holy covenant with His people by His Spirit upon them and His Words, which He has put in their mouth by the prophetic. This will continue through their offspring and on down their offspring’s line “from now and forever (Isaiah 59:21).” *Application* God is never done with His chosen people no matter how disappointed or angry He gets with them. As Gentiles we can take a vested interest in the Kingdom and partake eternally, but we should never subscribe to any kind of replacement theology (let the reader understand).


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 59:1, 16

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 58

Isaiah 58


-Isaiah gets a word from the LORD concerning the proper heart attitude towards fasting. Crying loudly without holding back over transgression and sin without pretense or pride is essential. External observation does not constitute a sincere fast and breeds contention and strife and even violence. It has no power or impact with the LORD. Real fasting is humble and righteous with the oppressed going free and the yoke of sin being removed. It is concerned for the welfare of the poor, the hungry, and the homeless. This genuine article is what will bring recovery and the glory of the LORD with His guidance and provision. This is where rebuilding will occur (Isaiah 58:1-12). *Application* If you are not going to fast the right way, it is better not to do it at all.

-Isaiah pontificates on the proper usage of the Sabbath as well in this chapter. The people’s own pleasure should not be the focus of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is for the holy worship of the LORD. He should be the delight, not our own ways (Isaiah 13-14). *Application* It is now football season here in America. Whether its Saturday college football or Sunday’s NFL, people seem to gravitate to this god much more than the God of Heaven. If it’s not that, it’s a lake trip, golf, or some other pleasure seeking that many people cultivate and thrive on for a “good” weekend. Have we forgotten our King? Isaiah’s message is just as relevant today as it was 2700 years ago.


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 58:6

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 57

Isaiah 57


-On this earth, no one considers the earthly perishing or taking away of the righteous man. God is simply taking the upright to a better place away from evil into perfect peace and rest (Isaiah 57:1-2). On the other hand, the sorceress, who is called the “offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute” and “wicked,” will be tossed like the sea in an uproar of noise tossing up refuse and mud with no peace (Isaiah 57:3, 20-21). The wicked are further rebuked being called the “children of rebellion” and “offspring of deceit” who the LORD will not relent concerning His punishment. They have worshiped idols on the high and lofty mountain and have set up their sign of false deities removing themselves far from the LORD God of Israel. They have uncovered themselves in filth and shame. Sheol is their destiny since they would not give God a thought. Their idols will not save; they will be blown away. But, the one who takes refuge in the LORD will inherit the land and possess His holy mountain (Isaiah 57:4-13). God’s presence will dwell with the contrite and lowly of spirit, not the proud and haughty. He will revive them and sustain them with His righteousness. He will not contend forever. His patience has limits. If people come to Him, His desire for healing and peace is reiterated (Isaiah 57:14-19). *Application* The miraculous power to save by the Almighty should not be lost on us in this generation. Who do you look for to carry you through all the difficulties of this present evil age in which we live? Is it God or someone/something else? We truly NEED the LORD for ultimate peace, rest, and healing.


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 57:13, 20-21

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 14, Day 2- No Perfect People Allowed, "On the Outside Looking In"

[Mar 10:48 ESV] 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

You can't wait for the perfect opinion when you cry out for the help of Jesus. Notice the rebuke that this blind man experienced when he took action to remedy his situation. The crowd around you, who are not filled with the Holy Spirit, will always try to bring you down when you receive a vision that requires faith and action. They will attempt to discourage you and often tear you down. You will always have to overcome the crowd to fulfill your vision that God has called you to.

This is where perseverance is key. Be determined and fight through the naysayers to achieve what God desires from you. Take Nehemiah for example (read Nehemiah 4).

*Life Point* Never confuse the will of the majority with the will of God

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 14, Day 1- No Perfect People Allowed, "On the Outside Looking In"

[Mar 10:46-48 ESV] 46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Don't wait for the perfect circumstances to follow Jesus. This man was poor, blind, and a beggar. He couldn't exactly see from his current position. In fact, he might have been more rational to play up his handicap with the large crowd that potentially could have provided a meager pence for his provision out of their charity.

Instead, he took the leap of faith in the Savior believing that He was the better answer. What were the odds that Jesus would even notice him? Probably not all that good. His desperate cries to a trustworthy Savior are what called attention to him. Remember, your voice is your story. It's ok to not be ok. God can change you from the inside-out by His extraordinary and ultimate power. Don't wait for things to be perfect to cry out to the Lord. You could find yourself waiting forever.

*Life Point* Your voice is your story

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 56

Isaiah 56


-There is a distinct contrast between those who preserve justice and do righteousness out of fear and love for the LORD and wicked who know nothing, are blind, slumbering, greedy, not satisfied, have no understanding, have turned their own way, love unjust gain, and are drunkards. The blessed man is the one who does the things of God. He takes hold of it; He keeps from profaning the Sabbath; He keeps his hands from doing evil; He joins himself to the LORD; He chooses what pleases God; He holds fast His covenant. These will be given a memorial and a precious name within the Kingdom of God’s house and walls. Even the foreigners who connect to the LORD will benefit as well. These will minister to Him and love the Name of the LORD holding fast His covenant along with the house of Israel. These will be brought to the LORD’s holy mountain and be made joyful in His house of prayer. Their offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on His altar; “for My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” The LORD will gather His anointed from Israel and the rest of the world in this future utopia (Isaiah 56:1-12).” Christ Jesus takes up this statement from Isaiah when He gets angry at the buyers and sellers in the Temple court hundreds of years later during His first incarnation. His distinction clarifies for us between the pure in heart who are actually seeking God and those who are the wicked seeking unjust gain (Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46). *Application* There will be an incredible reward for following God in obedience. His ways are pure, righteous, and just. Seek Him all people of the world! His house is a house of prayer (connection, presence, communication, abiding, union). This is His glory!


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 56:7

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 55

Isaiah 55


-God offers His free gift of mercy for those who would partake and digest His living water and bread (John 4:10-14; 7:38-39; 6:35-48). His blessings are abundant and eternal. They give life and are completely faithful, even as to His servant David. Even a nation that is not known and does not yet know will be called and run to the promises of the LORD God, the Holy One of Israel who has gloried His chosen people (Isaiah 55:1-5). Therefore, the LORD beckons to “seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him.” God abundantly pardons and will remember these sins no more based on repentant turning (Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 55:6-7, Jeremiah 31:34). *Application* God’s compassion is His enduring trait. Thank God for His ultimate lovingkindness freely bestowed to His redeemed people.

-God’s thoughts are higher than mere man’s thoughts, and His ways are superior by far. As the rain and snow descend to the earth to water and pour out blessing in physical growth and abundance, so too does God’s Word. It accomplishes everything that He wants it to accomplish. His Word never returns empty (Isaiah 55:8-11). This can be interpreted to mean that when we read, observe the life of Christ Jesus (who was the Word made flesh), or bear His image as the Holy Spirit fills and indwells us, we are involved in a powerful manifestation of the Word of God that will not return empty and fulfill Divine purposes. Our testimony, the Bible, and the life and person of Jesus Christ calls people to make a choice one way or the other. The Word of God is either a sweet smelling aroma leading to eternal or a stench of death resulting in perishing (1 Corinthians 2:14-17). It accomplishes exactly what God desires in revealing the inner heart of people’s decisions. *Application* Is the Word of God a refreshing-sweet aroma to you leading to life? Or, have you been calloused and hard-hearted to the message of salvation? Choose you this day whom you will serve. God is life and life more abundant and joyful.

-Because of a great Redeemer, the people have opportunity to go out with joy and be led forth in the peace of God. The mountains, hills, and trees of the field will even become alive with the shouts of this rejoicing and celebration. Instead of the cursed things, vibrancy will spring up, and it will be a memorial and everlasting sign to the LORD, which will never be cut off. God is making all things new in this eschaton (Isaiah 55:12-13, Revelation 21:5). *Application* What a day of rejoicing it will be when we reign with Jesus eternally!


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 55:6, 8-11

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 7, Day 3- No Perfect People Allowed, "Greater Things"

[John 1:50-51 ESV] 50 Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." 51 And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

We see here in this passage that God was NOT satisfied with just a conversion to the Savior. He wanted Nathanael to see and experience "greater things than these." Nathanael certainly did as He walked with and followed the Messiah during His earthly journey and beyond. I think, based on verse 51, it safe to assume that Nathanael was present at the ascension of Christ Jesus going back to heaven when angels were definitely present as described in Acts 1:9-11.

Nathanael would not settle for an average, ordinary life. He wanted more, and God was excited to give him more, and more, and more. This is the Spirit filled life, the adventure by faith in a real-genuine Christian experience. God always wants to give you "greater things than these."

*Life Point* Don't ever be satisfied with average in your spiritual walk.

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 54

Isaiah 54


-Israel springs back to life in the prophetic message of Isaiah 54. Shouts of joy shall be heard for the sons of the desolate one will be numerous by declaration of the LORD (Isaiah 54:1). Enlargement of territory and housing will be upon them as they resettle the land of their promise now in tranquility (Isaiah 54:2-3). They are told once again to “fear not” because they will not “be put to shame,” feel “humiliated,” or be “disgraced” any more. In fact, their “reproach” will not be remembered any more (Isaiah 54:4). Israel’s Husband and Redeemer is their Maker, the Almighty God, who has called them even after tumultuous times of forsaking and pain. But, now with great compassion, the LORD is gathering them back together under His authority and security to fulfill His plan and purpose in the world. “In an outburst of anger,” God says, “I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you (Isaiah 54:5-8).” The LORD compares this to the covenant with Noah after the flood. He has, at that future point, sworn that He will never be angry with them again, nor rebuke them (Isaiah 54:9). “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, by My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the compassionate Yahweh (Isaiah 54:10). The LORD relates to their distress and gives future hope in the following verses. Their affliction, storm-tossed uncertainty, and discomfort will be recast and reset into the glorious rebuilding of the New Jerusalem (Isaiah 54:11-12, Revelation 21:10-27). At that time, their sons will be taught directly of the LORD, and their well-being will be great (rab, much, abounding in). “In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it will not come near you (Isaiah 54:13-14).” The assailer will fall and the destroyer will be ruined. “’No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD. And their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD (Isaiah 54:15-17).” *Application* No matter how bad things may seem for His people, we can count on Him coming through in the clutch. In the final analysis, good will win. So fight the good fight of faith and hold on to the promises (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hold+on+to+the+promises+sanctus+real&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=08034111005598ADBD6E08034111005598ADBD6E ).


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 54:10, 14, 17

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 7, Day 2- No Perfect People Allowed, "Transformed Lives"

[John 1:47-49 ESV] 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!" 48 Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49 Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"

There was a quick, almost instantaneous, change in Nathanael when he realized that this Messiah knew exactly who he was and what he had been doing. He went from skeptic to worshipper. Have you thought about the fact that Jesus intricately knows you inside and out? The Lord knew his character and his position. He knew beforehand the doubts and uncertainty that Nathanael honestly had.

I've always wanted to be a man like Nathanael. I've wanted to have Jesus look at me and say, "There's a man with no fakeness, lies, or deception." When we think about it, that's a remarkable quality. Come to Christ honest. He can take you and transform you just the way you are!

*Life Point* The God who sees all can remake you with a new spiritual birth.

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 53

Isaiah 53


-This passage on the Suffering Servant is the clearest Old Testament indicator in the foretelling of Christ Jesus’ suffering for the sins of the world, the substitutionary atonement that we read of in the New Testament gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Let’s break down this passage. First, the prophet states that this will be a situation that is difficult to believe for the populace. The message must be received by faith because it goes against the grain of a typical savior of the world. The arm of the LORD (go back to Isaiah 52:10) will be revealed to those who are seeking true righteousness from the heart. They will be the ones who have eyes to see the remarkable plan and action of the saving God (Isaiah 53:1). He (Jesus, the Messiah) will grow up (fleshly incarnation) before Him (the Heavenly Father) like a tender shoot, like a root out of parched ground (i.e.- the state of Israel at the time of Messiah where the prophetic word had dried up and Gentile authority ruled because of their turning away from the God of their fathers). This Messiah will have no stately form or worldly majesty (humble birth and beginnings) that would be attractive to the world. He would be “despised and forsaken of men. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He would not be esteemed and virtually discounted (Isaiah 53:2-3). “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced (wounded) through (think of the nails and the crown of thorns) for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15-20, John 19:1-2, 1 Peter 2:24-25).” “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused (by His Divine will) the iniquity of us all to fall on (upon) Him (Isaiah 53:6).” Isaiah 53:7 states that the Messiah would not open His mouth to defend His position during His oppression and affliction in being led away as a lamb to the slaughter, which Jesus faithfully completed (Matthew 26:62-63; 27:14, Mark 14:61; 15:3-5, Luke 23:8-11, John 19:9-11). He, the King of the universe, was taken away by oppression and judged by His own creation. This was the price that Jesus paid for our redemption. Isaiah also prophetically considers that none of the religious establishment would have even considered that the Christ would be “cut off out of the land of the living (in other words suffer physical death).” This reason for this was that He was covering the transgression of the people, to whom the just stroke of indignation was due (Isaiah 53:8). He was killed inconspicuously along with thieves and murders, yet Isaiah rightly predicts He would be buried in a rich man’s grave in His death “because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His Mouth (Matthew 27:16, 38, 57-61, Mark 15:7, 27, 43-47, Luke 23:19, 32, John 19:38-42, 1 Peter 2:21-23).”

-God was actually pleased to crush Him (His Son, the Messiah, Jesus Christ) by putting Him to grief as a guilt offering, the One for the many, the Just for the unjust (Romans 5:19, 1 Peter 3:18). The Messiah would be God’s accepted sacrifice for the sins of mankind. This is His wonderful and miraculous plan for salvation! But, that’s not all. He will see offspring, a righteous harvest of believers who will inherit eternal life. His days will be prolonged. This is resurrection language by the prophet and foretells Christ’s coming back to everlasting life in the flesh. He will justify the many as a Suffering Servant. Out of anguish, satisfaction and completion of the mission. He is the One with the knowledge of the Divine and totally righteous who can bear the iniquities and be allotted a portion with the great as the Intercessor (Isaiah 53:10-12).

-*Application* This is the most incredible chapter in all of the Old Testament to me. It is remarkable to think of the price that Christ paid for our atonement and justification. It clearly shows the design and purpose of God to redeem the lost and dying. Have you accepted the fact that His arm is reaching down to you with humility and love to rescue? We have all gone our own way and need His salvation. Thankfully He has wondrously provided His Son as our personal Lord and Savior. Trust in Him, the Great Intercessor of our soul.


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 53:6

Monday, September 8, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Sept. 7, Day 1- No Perfect People Allowed "Come and See"

[John 1:45-46 ESV] 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46 Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

What I love about this event is that Philip, who would later be called "the evangelist" (Acts 21:8), simply invited his friend Nathanael to "come and see" about this Man making a Messianic claim. He didn't try to convince him or sale him on anything. He simply pointed his friend straight to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do the convicting work. Why did he do this? I think for a couple of reasons: 1) Philip knew that he was imperfect and that Christ was perfect to change a person's perspective, and 2) Philip knew that once his friend encountered Jesus that the facts would speak clearly for themselves.

Nathanael, when he was called, was a complete skeptic. He did not believe the bull that his buddy Philip was throwing at him. His retort, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" was obviously a slam on Jesus' character and Philip's claim. Even though Nathanael at first doubted, Jesus still gave him an opportunity to believe and eventually made Nathanael (because of his faith) an inner circle disciple.

*Life Point* Only Jesus can turn a skeptic into a true believer.

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 52

Isaiah 52


-The LORD’s Word continues with exhortation to “awake” and “clothe yourself” with the beautiful garments of strength and redemption (see Matthew 22:1-14, Revelation 3:17-22, and Isaiah 52:1; 61:10). God’s people are told to shake themselves from the dust and rise up. They are to loose themselves from the chains of sin around their neck and be released from captivity. Their redemption is free (no monetary cost) through the Savior. The blasphemers (here named as the Egyptians and Assyrians who captured the Jews) will be brought to justice; but in contrast, the people of God will know their LORD by Name and realize that He is present with them. “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation and says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns (Isaiah 52:7)!’” The watchmen will see with their own eyes the restoration of Zion and break forth with joyful shouting and praise because of the LORD’s comfort for His people. “He has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has bared His Holy Arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God (Isaiah 52:9b-10).” *Application* Christ Jesus is the One who can truly set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1-2, Luke 4:16-21). His work of death, burial, and resurrection has purchased our salvation (1 Corinthians 6:20). Trust in Him who saves! This good news is for all the nations of the world!

-The exiles are told to go at their appointed time from Persia taking and touching nothing unclean. They were told to purify themselves with this prophetic word, especially those who would carry the vessels of the LORD. They were instructed to not go out in haste, but in carefulness. They were not to leave as fugitives (flight), for the LORD would go before them and He would be their rear guard too (Isaiah 52:11-12).

-In the ending verses of this chapter, the exalted Servant is again mentioned by the prophet Isaiah. The Messiah would prosper being high, lifted up, and greatly dignified. His appearance, as we know from His crucifixion and predicted here by the prophet, would be marred (disfigured, corrupted) more than any other man and His form would be more than the sons of men. But, His offering would sprinkle many nations, Kings are prophesied to shut their mouths on account of Him; “for what had not been told them they will see (awakening), and what they had not heard they will understand (transformation, Isaiah 52:13-15).” So interpreting this text in verse fourteen we see that the Christ would suffer, just as the exiles has suffered in their distress. Many people were astonished at the level of suffering in both instances. The Messiah truly bore all their sins and took the penalty of their idolatry on His fleshly body. *Application* Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! The Suffering Servant helps us understand the love of the Divine.


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 52:7

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 51

Isaiah 51


-Chapter 51 is an exhortation chapter for the people of Israel to get with the program of God in seeking Him with all their heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). They are told early to look to the Rock from which they were hewn (craved) and the quarry from which they were dug (Isaiah 51:1). Abraham, the man of faith, is to be their mentor and leader, along with Sarah. This patriarch was called, blessed, and multiplied as the forerunner of God’s chosen people. Because of his faith, the LORD will comfort his descendants in Zion and make their waste places and wilderness like Eden, the garden of the LORD (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, James 2:23). Joy and gladness will be found in her once again, and thanksgiving will be given with the sound of a melody (Isaiah 51:2-3). Attention should be given to these incredible acts and the Word of the LORD being given. His law will go forth from Him (Messiah), and He will set His justice for a Light of the peoples. His righteousness is near, His salvation has gone forth. His arms will judge the peoples with perfect equity; there will be an expectant waiting for His arrival, which is to come (Isaiah 51:4-5). While the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die, the salvation through Messiah Jesus will be forever, and His righteousness shall not diminish (Psalm 102, Isaiah 51:6, Hebrews 1:10-12). The exhortation goes forth again and again as the ones who should know righteousness are told to listen as those who have the law of the LORD in their heart. They are told not to fear the reproach of mere man, nor be dismayed by the revilings of wicked human beings. The moth will eat them like a garment, and the grub will eat them like wool. In contrast, God’s benefits of salvation and righteousness will endure forever to all generations. Therefore, again the people are encouraged to “awake, awake” and put on the strength of their position in the LORD, as the days of old, in past generations of faith. God had done immeasurably great things, and He would perform again for His benefit and glory. The redeemed will cross over into victory and blessing. The ransomed of the LORD will return to the land, and come with joyful-everlasting shouting and gladness. Sorrow and sighing will flee away. God again claims His comfort. The exhortation now is to not forget the Maker. Remember Him and dismiss the continual fear of the fury of the oppressor. The oppressor has lost his power in the radiance and power of the LORD; the exile will soon be set free with food and better lodging. The Creator, who stirs up the sea making its waves roar, will put His words in His peoples’ mouths and cover them in the shadow of His Hand (Isaiah 51:7-16). Again the charge goes forth to rouse (revive, be ardent, be excited, be triumphant) themselves up who have gone through the hardships of the LORD’s displeasure because of their sin. Though God’s anger made life rough on them (for good reason), the chalice of His anger is complete, and they will never drink of it again in that day (Isaiah 51:17-23). *Application* God challenges us in the same way as redeemed people who have faith in His power to save. Listen to His Voice, pay attention to what He is doing, awake from any stupor you may be in, and get excited about the events of the Kingdom as they unfold. God will comfort the weary and make all things new (Revelation 21:5). Don’t fear man or go his way. The King will make all things right for those who hold on to His promises.


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 51:6

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 50

Isaiah 50


-God declares that He has a right to offer His wayward bride, the children of Israel who committed to Him exclusively in the Mosaic covenant on Mt. Sinai, a certificate of divorce because of their many iniquities. When He called, there was none to answer. His Hand had never been too short to pay their ransom for sin; He has all power (Isaiah 50:1-3). However, rather than forsake them forever, God will give them the tongue of disciples. He will sustain the weary with a Word. This Word is Jesus, the Messiah, who is promised to come (John 1). This suffering Servant will listen to the Voice of His Father in Heaven. He will be perfect with an open ear. He is not disobedient, nor will He turn back. He will give His back to those who strike Him (the flogging of Jesus, Matthew 27:27-31, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:1-3). His beard will be plucked from His cheeks. He will not cover His face from humiliation and spitting. Jesus speaks, “For the LORD God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. He who vindicates Me is near; who will contend with Me? Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me (Isaiah 50:7-8).” Here is the go between. Jesus bridges the gap between sinful man who has no hope and a Holy God who is gracious to accept His payment for mankind’s iniquities. The ones who condemn Him and His righteous work will wear out like a garment and the moth will eat them. The obedient, on the other hand, will fear Him and obey the Voice of His Servant. He, the Messiah, is the Light (John 8:12). God says that mankind should trust in the Name of the LORD and rely on his God (Isaiah 50:9-10). The ones who kindle a fire in pagan and idolatrous worship are the ones with false faith, and they will lie down in torment for eternity (Isaiah 50:11). This, creating false gods who can never save or rescue, is self-reliance and self-sufficiency at its peak. *Application* In the same way today we look to our own intelligence, appearance, or accomplishments rather than trusting in God for His righteousness. Allow God to speak His Word over you and rescue you through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true Way (John 14:6).


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 50:6-7

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Aug. 31st, Day 3- Pray About Everything

[Phl 4:6-7 ESV] 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

If worry and anxiety amount to unbelief in our lives, the opposite is maintained through devoted prayer concerning everything in our lives (Colossians 4:2). Notice that thanksgiving is a big part of letting our requests being made known too. What's the result? The incredible, insurmountable peace of God that goes beyond our comprehension and ability to grasp. His peace is our security. There is no greater guard over our heart and mind. Pray about everything!

*Life Point* Trust Him, let Him take control

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Aug. 31st, Day 2- Pray Continually

[1Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV] 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Do you ever struggle with knowing God's will for your life? Well, here it is in part: rejoice all the time, pray (communication in fellowship with God) all the time, and be thankful all the time. In other words have joy, relationship, and gratitude continually and you will please your heavenly Father. Don't just think about it, apply it!

*Life Point* Lord help me be joyful, prayerful, and grateful in every circumstance of this life you've blessed me with.

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 49

Isaiah 49


-Salvation’s message will be delivered by the Messiah from Israel to all the ends of the earth. Jesus (God saves) was called from the womb in His incarnation. His mouth was made like a sword to discern and judge the very intentions of the heart. He was concealed His first time around on the earth as the lowly Servant King who sacrificed His life as an atonement for the sins of mankind. He was a select arrow into the heart of the evil one, Satan. His work as a Servant would be the glory of Israel. His work can never be considered vain or for nothing as some would speculate. The justice due Him is with the LORD of grace and mercy, and He rewards His anointed. He gathers the nations and is honored with God as His strength. He raises up and restores Israel, and He is a Light to the nations for salvation. The LORD is faithful to accomplish this as Redeemer and the Holy One to the despised One, the suffering Servant who has been chosen (Isaiah 49:1-7). In the day of salvation the LORD has answered and helped. He will keep His righteous ones giving the Christ as a covenant of the people to restore the land and make them an inheritance even of the desolate places. Along the roads they will feed and their pasture will be on the bare heights of mountains. They will not hunger or have thirst, and the scorching sun and heat will not have its effect on them. The God of compassion will lead them and guide them to springs of water (Living Water). All the mountains will be a road, and His highways will be lifted up as His people come from afar, even the north and west and south from Sinim (southern Egypt). This will cause shouting for joy and great rejoicing in the heavens and the earth, “for the LORD has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted (Isaiah 49:8-13).” *Application* God will not forget us who have trusted solely in Him for our salvation. He is compassionate and gracious, even to the whole world who will turn to Him for forgiveness and His righteousness. Look to Jesus, Israel and all the nations of the world!

-Zion, in its desperation, believed sincerely that the LORD has forsaken and forgotten them, but God reassures them that this is not the case. He will never forget them. He has inscribed them on the palms of His Hands; Zion’s walls are continually before Him. The nations will eventually come to them and adorn them with jewels and bind them on as a bride. The place will become packed with people to the point of overcrowding. The LORD’s Hand will be lifted to the nations and His standard will be set up to the peoples. They will come from everywhere back to the land. Kings of the earth will be their guardians, and princesses will nurse them as they bow down before the Holy One of Israel knowing that He is the LORD. He says, “Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame (Isaiah 49:14-23).” In the end, God promises to contend with those who contend with His people. He will save their sons. He will feed their oppressors with their own flesh. These oppressors will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine; “and all flesh will know, that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob (Isaiah 49:24-26).” *Application* God will absolutely rescue His people. Count on it. Don’t grow weary in well-doing. God is always on the throne and will redeem all of your struggles for His sake.


Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 49:6

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kaleo Sermon Notes from Aug. 31st, Day 1- Pray Honestly

[Exo 5:22-23 ESV] 22 Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, "O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all."

[Exo 6:1 ESV] 1 But the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land."

A little context will be helpful here. Moses was called from a burning bush to go rescue his Hebrew people from the oppression of slavery in Egypt. When Moses, along with his brother Aaron, went to the Pharaoh with their demands from the LORD, the situation initially got a lot worse for the Hebrew people and they were angry with this seemingly ineffective leader.

Moses' response was to cry out earnestly and honestly before the LORD. Notice God's response. We don't see any anger from the Almighty for Moses' posture. In fact, He says that "now" he will see what He will do. God was actually waiting for Moses to get serious with Him before He would act.

Often our faith will be tested to its limits for the purpose of us crying out to the LORD in desperation and passion. Be real with God; He wants to be real with you.

*Life Point* God can handle our honesty before Him.

Bible Study Notes in Isaiah- Chapter 48

Isaiah 48


-Israel is called out by the Spirit of God through his prophet Isaiah as this chapter begins. They are the “house of Jacob (taking hold of the heel, supplanter, layer of snares, trickster), who are named Israel (God prevails, contender, soldier of God), and who came forth from the loins of Judah (praised), who swear by the Name of the LORD and invoke the God of Israel, but NOT in truth NOR in righteousness (Isaiah 48:1).” They are called after the holy city and lean on the God of Israel, but they were obstinate despite His incredible dealings and acts to deliver and save them. They dealt treacherously with their LORD and rebelled against Him with their idolatry and waywardness. However, for the sake of His great Name and His praise, God delayed His wrath on them and restrained Himself to not cut them off (Isaiah 48:2-9). They have been refined, but not as silver; they have been tested in the furnace of affliction. For God’s sake and for His glory He has acted in faithfulness to His people even through their severe discipline (Isaiah 48:10-11). *Application* Like any good father, the LORD disciplines those whom He loves (Hebrews 12:5-14). Endure the testing of your faith as a tutor to greater things in the Kingdom of God. The LORD is gaining glory and will redeem in every situation. Do not harden your heart, but turn unto Him, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

-Deliverance is then promised after the harsh word that Israel gets. God tells them to listen to Him, the One who called them because He is the “I Am,” the First, and also the Last. He is the One who founded the earth and spread out the heavens. They stand together at His call (Isaiah 48:12-13). He acknowledges Cyrus of the Persian, who delivered the Jewish people from the Babylonians in verses 14 and 15. This must have been a shocking statement to the Israeli audience when given, but it did indeed come to pass in time. The LORD loves him (Cyrus) and will use him to carry out His good pleasure on Babylon and the Chaldeans in the release of the Jewish people. Cyrus was called, and his ways were made successful by the LORD God. For more on Cyrus, read in 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, along with the books of Ezra and Daniel.

-God has not spoken in secret. He wants His people to draw near and listen; over and over again He calls out to them for their attention. He was, is, will be always there by His Spirit. He is the great Redeemer, Holy One, and LORD who teaches them to profit and leads them in the way that they should go. If they would only pay attention and give Him His just glory, all would be well like a mighty river with righteousness as powerful as the waves of the sea. Their descendants would be as numerous as the sand, and their name would never be cut off or destroyed from His presence. This great God, who led the captives through the desert without thirst making water flow out of the rock, is willing and ready to do His redeeming work once again for His servant Jacob (Exodus 17:6). But, there will be no peace for the wicked, which is a dire warning to the wretched in the land of Israel (Isaiah 48:16-22). *Application* God calls to us in the same way He did with the children of Israel in the Old Testament. His ways have been opened up to the Gentiles in this age (Isaiah 56:7, Mark 11:17, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 9-11), and He desires for all mankind to come to Him, the Redeemer (John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9).


Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 48:10-11, 17